Hanson’s longtime friend and owner of an animal rescue, Julianne Jackson, tried to tell Hanson that Kira was found, but it was too late. As he laid unconscious in the hospital, nurses wrote “Kira is safe with Julianne” on a whiteboard in his room. Hanson passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6. “He just couldn’t understand it,” said Jackson. “[He] couldn’t understand what the thinking was… why someone would be so cruel and I’m sure that stressed him out. And I think he died of a broken heart.” Jackson is giving a home to both dogs. “I don’t think our justice system does justice many times,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately, in this case, Joe can’t even stand up for himself.” Another of Hanson’s friends, Kendra Palladino, said, “He was talking about God a lot. He was lost without that dog. I’m telling you he was lost.” “I honestly believe this is why he’s not with us now, so if we could honor him and all veterans there that would be very special,” Palladino added. Kira was found after authorities received a tip from an anonymous person. The two women responsible for the theft, Jennifer Gotschall and Monique Cosser, were arrested on charges of grand theft.
A Vietnam veteran died before he could be reunited with his service dog, which deputies said was stolen by two women last month. https://t.co/Ic0UCFHP3v— AJC (@ajc) November 9, 2018
November 11, 2018